New Testament Giving: Inclusive and Regular.Posted: February 10, 2012
On Sunday we examined giving primarily from an Old Testament perspective. In that message I briefly mentioned that New Testament giving surpasses Old Testament giving. In this blog I’d like to briefly examine two principles of giving from the NT.
Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. 1 Corinthians 16:1-2
Who is supposed to give according to the apostle Paul? Everyone. Each one of you. New Testament giving is inclusive—it includes everyone in the church. This includes college students, high school students, and grade school students. Who should give? Everyone. The gifts may be of little consequence for the church (this is not a good fundraising strategy). But these gifts will be of great consequence to the giver. It’s never too early to start giving because it’s never too early to receive blessings from the Lord.
When are we supposed to give? Regularly. In this case Paul says weekly. But the principle is regularly. If you get paid weekly, give weekly. If you get paid monthly, give monthly. If you get paid on an irregular basis, give when you get paid.
New Testament giving is inclusive and regular. It includes everyone, and everyone gives from what they have.